April showers bring home tour flowers

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 03:05 PM.

As a special treat, this year, The Chapman Auditorium, built in 1931, opened its doors for the tour. In 2013, the massive Art Deco structure was listed as one of Florida’s 11 most endangered buildings after the state of the auditorium was analyzed by a master’s candidate from Florida State University. The future of the building, which houses the offices of Dr. Shezad Sanaullah, is currently under discussion.

Two gardens rounded out the dance card for participants in this year’s tour. The Bond garden sequestered in a fenced and gated yard is a cool retreat with quirky containers and ornaments surrounding a comfortable seating area next to a fishpond. The Joiner and Rowell garden on Seventh, clustered at the base of a patriarch oak, features massed impatiens, with hostas and a planted container of tropicals as focal points for the array.

At a debriefing on Monday morning, organizers of the 2014 tour said they were pleased with the event but glad that another year of planning had come to a successful end.

About $30,000 was raised this year. Funds are used to maintain historic Trinity Episcopal Church.



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